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Understanding and respecting the guidelines that govern the prescribing of opioids is a unique responsibility for Virginia practitioners, and one that directly impacts the ongoing fight against opioid abuse.

  • In 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General launched “Turn The Tide,” a new website devoted to ending the nationwide opioid crisis.
  • Boston University’s SCOPE of Pain (Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education)offers resources for prescribers, such as practice posters, assessment and monitoring tools, and patient-prescriber agreements.
  • In March 2016 the Center for Disease Control released its Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.  Below are the recommendations.  For prescribers, the full report is also available.
  • The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, together with the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians and the Virginia Chapter Division of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, have issued Virginia Hospital Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.
  • Oregon Pain Guidance maintains a number of Tools for Professionals that include flow sheets, assessment tools, information on laboratory screenings and a wide array of other materials.